While they often presented themselves as bodybuilders’ publications, their chuckle-prompting titles — Torso, Adonis, Honcho, Mandate — didn’t lie. Gay men’s magazines of decades past were bought by gay men who wanted to look at the erotic illustrations of well- built male bodies therein. Because any- one known to possess such material in the homophobic 1950s and 1960s could experience serious consequences, men hid the magazines under their mat- tresses. These illustrations have now inspired a traveling exhibition, Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Wall. Curated by notable erotic artist Robert W. Richards and orig- inating at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the popular show contains 24 original illustrations that ap- peared in gay magazines from the 1950s to the 1990s. It also looks at how gay men, forced into the closet during those decades, used these pictures to explore their sexuality intimately. It additionally serves as a showcase for the artists in- volved. On view are works by two dozen top artists of the times, including Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland), Antonio Lopez (Antonio), and David Martin.More
Producer, writer, and activist who produced shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and Maude, is awarded the 2016 Freedom of Expression Award after a screening of the new documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You.More
At the main festival ground on Saturday July 23rd and Sunday July 24th at Fort Mason Center, we welcome many celebrities from Japan, including WORLD ORDER, Silent Siren, Wednesday Campanella, GARNiDELiA, Mitz Mangrove, and many more, and we will also host a variety of events, including J-POP LIVE concerts, Meet & Greet sessions, Q&A with special guests, Interactive Summit, Travel Pavilion, Ramen & Sake Summit, dance, karaoke,cosplay and'J-POP Queen' drag contests.More
How would you like to walk around a San Francisco neighborhood, meet local artists at the various locations you visit, and get original works by each of them without paying a fortune? Its possible at Passport 2010, scheduled by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The event is just what it sounds like you buy a custom-designed notebook (er, passport) from the Arts Commission, visit locations in Hayes Valley, and have 16 artists put his or her custom stamp in the notebook. In years past, according to the Arts Commission, the stamps have been pretty elaborate, sometimes including the artists adding final touches by hand or delivering the stamps with their own performance elements. Participating artists are Timothy Cummings, Jamaica Dyer, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Suzanne Husky, Jason Jägel, Ruth Laskey, Paul Madonna, Nigel Poor, Ricardo Richey, Lordy Rodriguez, Jovi Schnell, Travis Sommerville, Deth P. Sun, Weston Teruya, and Lindsey White. Even the late Richard Diebenkorn will add a stamp, courtesy of his estate. Stamp locations include Zonal, Rooky Records, MAC, and Isotope Comics, among others. The Arts Commission will be set up in Patricias Green on Hayes Street, distributing maps and selling notebooks for $25. The books will be available a several other locations, including Saturday night at a kick-off party at the Rickshaw Stop. See the Arts Commissions website for more information. Proceeds from Passport 2010 benefit the Arts Commission Gallerys programming fund.
Oct. 10, noon, 2010